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Downtown Lafayette water break causes boil advisory, closures

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Sep 14, 2023

Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) has issued a Boil Water Advisory for residents and businesses in the areas north of South College Road, south of Willow Street, west of East Pinhook Road, and east of Bertrand Drive.

Boil advisory issued for some areas of Lafayette due to water break Downtown
LUS has issued a boil advisory due to a water main break in Lafayette, LA.

Click here to view the interactive map on LUS website

The advisory is due to a water break, a result of contract work happening downtown, LUS officials say.

Customers in the affected area need to vigorously boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking, making ice, brushing their teeth, using it for food prep, or rinsing food. The one-minute starts after water has been brought to a rolling boil.

To ensure water safety and quality, the advisory will remain in effect until water pressure is normalized and collected water samples are cleared by the Louisiana Department of HealthOffice of Public Health.

As of 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September, 14 approximately 9,000 customers are under a boil advisory according to LUS.

The Latest Information from LUS Director Jeffrey Stewart:

  • Work will continue 8-10 hours until early morning, will take a sample and test water in house at LUS, if clean will test again and wait another 24 hours, if results are good after second 24 hr sample test, then boil advisory will be lifted...anticipates advisory to be lifted by this weekend.
  • Customers can go to the LUS website. Outage is live on outage and events map including addresses.
  • Direct phone calls and messages/emails have been sent to account holders in affected areas.
  • A notification will be sent via phone call or messaging/email to affected account holders once advisory is lifted.

Closures due to water main break:

  • Myrtle Place Elementary is currently the only school affected and dismissed early due to the waterline break. Officials will know later today if they are able to open Friday, September 15, 2023.
  • Federal Clerk of Court Office
  • Federal Judge Office

Lafayette Parish School System:

A boil water advisory has been issued for certain areas of the city including Baranco Elementary School, W.D. & Mary Baker Smith Career Center, E.J. Sam Accelerated School, LeRosen Preparatory, Paul Breaux Middle School, and Lafayette Middle School. School is still in session Thursday, September 14, and will be in session Friday, September 15. All safety precautions are being followed to ensure students and staff are safe. Meals will be served and bottled water will be provided, if needed. Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water if they can do so. The water system is operational, so restrooms will be functioning as normal and the only issue is that water cannot be consumed until the boil water advisory has been lifted. Myrtle Place Elementary School was dismissed earlier today due to the break in the waterline and will be impacted by the boil water advisory. A decision regarding school being in session Friday, September 15 will be made the evening of Thursday, September 14.

UL Lafayette:

UL Lafayette issued the following notice regarding the boil advisory:
A boil advisory has been issued for all of campus and some areas of Lafayette because of a water break downtown. The campus remains open. Cafe Fleur de Lis and the Food Court at Agnes Edwards Hall will be closed. Regular meal service will continue at the Dining Hall in the Student Union. There will be no fountain drink service; bottled water and soft drinks will be available. Avoid using water fountains or the attached water bottle filling stations.

An email will be sent from University Announcements when the boil advisory has been lifted.

Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility:

As a result of the boil water advisory issued by the Lafayette Utilities System today, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office is activating protocols at both of its correctional facilities to ensure the health and safety of both the offenders and staff.

As part of the protocols, staff at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility in downtown Lafayette and the Direct Supervision Unit on W. Willow St. will be providing safe drinking water to offenders as well as temporarily switching all offender meals to meals which do not require any water in their preparation.

Family members and loved ones of Lafayette Parish offenders can rest assured these protocols will make certain the boil water advisory has no negative effects on the individuals housed in LPSO's facilities.
Valerie Ponseti, Lafayette Sheriff's Office

The CDC advises boil water advisories usually include this advice:

  • Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.
  • If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.
  • Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a home water filter or a pitcher that filters water).
  • Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.
  • Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if possible.

Handwashing

  • In many cases, you can use tap water and soap to wash hands during a boil water advisory. Follow the guidance from your local public health officials.
  • Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then, rinse them well under running water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Bathing and showering

  • Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
  • Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

Brushing teeth

  • Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use tap water that you have not boiled first.

Washing dishes

  • If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory.
  • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if:
    • The water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66°Celsius), or
    • The dishwater has a sanitizing cycle.
  • Sanitize all baby bottles.
  • To wash dishes by hand:
    • Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
    • In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.
    • Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
    • Let the dishes air dry completely before using again.

Laundry

  • It is safe to wash clothes as usual.

Cleaning

  • Clean washable toys and surfaces with:

Caring for pets

  • Pets can get sick from some of the same germs as people or spread germs to people. Give pets bottled water or boiled water that has cooled.
  • If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.
  • Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a home water filter or a pitcher that filters water).
  • Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Caring for your garden and houseplants

  • You can use tap water for household plants and gardens.

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